A consistent theme in these postings is a lack of confidence. “Is this beyond my level?” “Can a newbie do it?” “I tried, and I failed.” “I’m afraid of socks.”
But if you’re afraid of failing, you’re afraid of growing. If you can do something easily the first time, then perhaps you didn’t really learn anything. Take a chance with your knitting – try something that looks hard to you, work on it, make mistakes, figure out where you went wrong, ask a friend.
Take risks. If you’re afraid to take risks with expensive yarn, buy some cheap stuff. Really – what do you have to lose! After all, if you spent $5 on the yarn and you make something you can’t even frog out of it, you’ve only lost $5 – but you’ve gained experience and knowledge and maybe even the confidence to try again.
I’ve felt it too – there’s a strong push in our culture for perfection. Nobody wants to feel imperfect or stupid. But the greatest rewards have come when I’ve ventured beyond what I knew I could do to trying something I wasn’t sure of. One of them was learning to knit.
Merry Christmas, and may your knitting new year be filled with challenges.